Public ‘army’ urged to help out

29 Jan 2015......Drivers dig out their cars in snowy conditions in the Greenhill area of Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1006/90d
29 Jan 2015......Drivers dig out their cars in snowy conditions in the Greenhill area of Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1006/90d

Residents are being urged to help in communities across Sheffield as the latest influx of snow continues to cause havoc.

Gritting teams have been working around the clock since the snow began to fall on Wednesday evening putting more than 1,500 tonnes of salt onto the roads.

Several centimetres of snow fell in Sheffield yesterday and overnight – with up to 33cm falling on the outskirts of the city, on Hathersage Road, Dore.

There was severe disruptions to bus and tram services across South Yorkshire and scores of schools were forced to close to pupils yesterday.

Sheffield Council has called on its volunteer snow wardens to help communities by clearing pavements and gritting roads.

The Met Office said that although the snowfall was due to end last night , the cold temperatures will continue and warned of a risk of ice.

A yellow weather warning remains in place across Sheffield today.

Coun Jayne Dunn, the council’s cabinet member for environment, recycling and Streetscene, said: “Since the start of winter, our teams have covered over 37,000 miles of Sheffield’s road network, just over the equivalent of travelling once around the world

“Gritters are already working along the primary network clearing snow and gritting.

“Once these are clear they will then move onto the secondary network.”

She said gritters would continue to work throughout the night, ploughing the priority routes, before moving to other routes when they can, and into the early hours of today.

Coun Dunn added: ““Once again I am calling on our army of snow wardens to help their communities and help us clear the city’s pavements.

“The teams are working very hard to try and keep the city moving once again but we also need the public to do their bit. Please do not abandon your cars in the middle of the road and ensure that our gritters are able to pass by.

“If you are able to then please help your community and clear your pavements of snow and use one of the 1,900 grit bins across the city to put grit down.”

She urged drivers to take extra caution during rush hour and to plan their journeys in advance.

A spokesman for the Met Office said that although today will remain dry, temperatures are only expected to reach 5C.

He said: “Today is going to be a better day. There will be more in the way of sunshine.However it is still going to remain cold and temperatures will only reach about 5C.”

The yellow weather warning issued by the Met Officer earlier this week remains in place. It means the public should be aware of the potential for disruption to their travel arrangements.